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it should. that's what i mostly say. >> morgan freeman, you've certainly been doing your best for a very long time and i'm an unashamed fan. i would love to interview you in the studio. but it's been a real pleasure. i hope everyone signs up to the nelson mandela project on monday and does their bit for the community to repay him and also you i think as well. because you've certainly earned all our respect. thank you very much. >> thank you, piers. nice talking to you. and i hope we do get in studio one day. >> i look forward to that. that was morgan free man a great man. good morning. you are looking live at one of the busiest highways in the country, but it is eerily empty this weekend. it is closed for construction. it is expected to cause a traffic nightmare so bad that it has been dubbed carmegeddon.
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and this is an ipad for $69. the big mistake that had people thinking they had gotten the bargain of the year. i want to start with another apology today. this from rupert murdoch. responding to the hacking scandal from the u.k. what this shows you, this tape, it is murdock going into a meeting with the family of the murdered british teenager. it was that teenager's hacked voice mails that sparked the outrage into the scandal. listen. >> shame on you. shame on you. shame on you. shame on you. >> mr. murdoch, will you tell us what you said to the family? >> if you just keep silent for a minute. it was a totally private
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meeting. >> keep your head down, mate. >> i'm the founder of the company. i was appalled to find out i apologize. i have nothing more to say. >> nothing more to say at that moment. he did have more he went on to say. murdoch posted an ad in several british newspapers. he said, "we are deeply sorry for the hurt suffered by the individuals affected." the news of the world was in the business of holding others to account. it failed when it came to it self. rebekah brooks oversaw the news of the world. she resigned. another head of murdoch's
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companies has stepped down as well. we will take a closer look at the man behind news corp and news international. we are talking about rupert murdo murdoch. more on him and how he got his start in australia. that is coming up. we turn to washington d.c. and the debate over raising the debt ceiling. no debate talks are scheduled for this weekend after a week of talks. the u.s. actually hit its debt limit in may, but we have a deadline of august 2nd now. that is the deadline for getting it raised because that is the day we won't be able to pay some of our bills in the u.s. the stumbling block in the debates are taxes. spending cuts are the way to go. democrats say, however, you need to do away with the tax breaks for wealthy people. the president called on the
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people to compromise cutting the combining spending cuts with ending tax breaks on the wealthy. we got a response from the republicans. saying we have been down this road before and republicans will not go down it again. in 1990, the congress and president struck a deal that combined spending cuts with tax increases, while the tax hikes remained, the spending restraint did not and the debt marched higher. the president will meet with the dalai lama at the white house. china is calling on the president to cancel the meeting saying it will harm u.s./china relations. the meeting is being held to support dialogue between china and tibetan leaders. to california and their expected traffic nightmare is under way. they are calling this carmageddon. basically, crews have shutdown a los angeles highway in both
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directions this weekend so they can work on the bridge. the highway is not just any highway. it is the 405. one of the busiest in the country. 500,000 cars pass through the construction area on an average weekend. now all those drivers need to find a different way around. officials are telling people to stay home. some people are having fun with this. >> this weekend in los angeles a short stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for repair. is everyone okay? we prayed this day would never come. sure, californians have survived earthquakes, wildfire, laker victories, even alien invasions. but this is the big one, folks. increased traffic on two off-peak days. you know what that means?
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someone might have to walk some place. think of the children. pray for them. >> the best way to beat this? remember balloon boy? >> if you want to avoid the 405 this weekend, cut through cold water canyon. crawl down the embankment. once you are down, make your way through the tall grass. jump in deer creek and swim in the under water cave. this takes you to the 101 freeway. it is as simple as that. >> that is outstanding. the construction company that is working on this project hope to have the work done before monday's 6:00 a.m. deadline. that is what they have been given. they could be fined $72,000 an hour if they don't get the work finished on time. here are your options. quit or be fired. that is the warning from the
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atlanta school superintendent to teachers implicated in the cheating scandal. 178 teachers and administrators were sent a letter. they have until wednesday to resign or they will be fired. teache teachers falsified test scores. nasa is celebrating something else. the dawn spacecraft has reached the destination. the rock called vesta. this is the first time nasa has been able to orbit between jupiter and mars. dawn will take pictures of vesta which is a minor planet. not an asteroid. it is 330 miles across. it took four years to reach vesta. the tsa can keep using full body scanners at airports. a federal appeals court rejected the suit claiming the scanners
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violated against the unreasonable searches. the tsa should have given the public the chance to report on the scanners, but that did not happen. come on, tom, let's finish this the way we started. together. >> well, did you see the new harry potter movie? if not, you are one of the few who did not. it is setting box office records after opening the first day in the states. "harry potter and the deathly hallows" made $43.5 million after opening at midnight on thursday. >> harry. harry! harry! >> this is -- i don't understand it. people lined up for hours to see the midnight screenings of the movie. this is the eighth and we are
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told the last harry potter flick. all of the movies have brought in $6 billion worldwide. good morning, reynolds wolf. have you seen these things? >> your forecast today looks pretty good there. no. i never read a book or been to one of the movies. i'm sure it is wonderful. i don't know. this is the last one they say? >> this is the eighth one. the last. >> you promise? i'm just teasing. the greatest thing about it is it is encouraging kids to read. we will read temperatures that are ridiculous. t.j., highs in the 80s and 90s. with the high humidity, it will feel warmer. we will talk about that coming up. we will talk about the slight chance of severe weather across parts of the northern plains. t.j. thank you. we will see you in just a second. minnesota state government shutdown. it is now threatening to hit people where it really hurts.
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at the bar. we will tell you why the beer may not be flowing because of the shutdown. that is next. stay with us on this cnn saturday morning. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers a superior level of protection and because u.s.a.a.'s commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote.
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u.s.a.a. we know what it means to serve. ♪ ♪ here comes the sun ♪ here comes the sun nice touch this morning. great shot. we have the most beautiful shots of washington d.c. often times with some of the ugliest back and forth going on in that town. some of it happening right now. debate talks at the white house this week. no talks scheduled for this weekend in washington d.c. on raising the debt ceiling. we will see what comes early next week. looks nice there. some of the temperatures we are talking about getting into the 100s with the heat index. not used to those temperatures. >> we are getting to the point where it is not just heat, but a
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dangerous condition for people. some of the younger children and senior citizens, it is time to watch out for a lot of people. especially in places we don't normally see this heat. mainly in the upper midwest. it is warm. it summer time. the expected high today in minneapolis is 93. 94 in kansas city. 88 in chicago. 101 in dallas. what is unusual is when you bring in the high humidity. it will feel warmer. everything you see on the map with pink or red or orange, that is the advisory or warning. that is the combination of the air temperature and high humidity. it could feel like it is anywhere from 110 to 120 degrees in many spots. here is the reason why. we have a big ridge in the jet stream. it allows the moisture to come up in the central plains and midwest. it will make it feel like 106 in kansas city. we fast forward into tomorrow and it will be warmer.
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115, t.j., in minneapolis. the heat index for tomorrow. 109 in kansas city. this will continue into next week. monday, the same deal. the hottest time in minneapolis is 117. 101 in chicago. tuesday, we see things drop a bit in terms of the intensity. some places cooling down in chicago at 96 degrees. 99 in dallas. by thursday, things cooling down a little bit, but not much. in terms of the severe weather, we could be seeing that parts of the upper midwest today. we will touch on that during the next weather update. t.j., the top story is the heat. it is the big story. the focus on the weather for some time to come. >> not just hot, but dangerous heat. was it last summer or the summer before when it got so hot in chicago and a number of people died in the heat wave there? >> scary times. 13 minutes past the hour. i think we figured out. we talked about the minnesota shutdown. two weeks ago, we had the
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players on. we may have found a reason why they decided to compromise. to our viewers, a deal close now that would end the government shutdown in minnesota. the democratic governor said he will accept the republican proposal with a few modifications. he will call a special session next week to try to end the two-week shutdown. closed state parks. 22,000 state workers went home. this may be the thing to get them to the bargaining table. beer. the makers of miller beer and coors are victims to the shutdown because their liquor license expired and the problem here is, reynolds, to get it renewed, they need state workers to process the paper work. they are not on the job. people cannot get your beer. the state says they have to stop shipping to minnesota and take the beer off the shelves. we are talking about 40 different beers.
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>> wow! >> this news came out a few days ago and sure enough, 24 hours later, we hear we have a deal between the democrats and republicans. >> isn't it funny when the fog lifts and you find out what is happening underneath that veil what is happening. >> it is unfortunate for a lot of people in that state. we will talk about that more later this morning. we have the speaker of the house of the assembly joining us live. we will talk to reynolds through the morning. now let's turn to netflix. renewing your subscription to netflix may be a tough sell. the company announced a 60% hike in prices. a lot of people are outraged over this. you will see some of that outrage when we turn to facebook. first, parking in a big city can be a huge hassle. it could be expensive. here is a list of the cities where it will cost you most.
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you could probably guess some of the cities. seattle averages $24 a day. if you pay by the month, you will shell out $294. philadelphia is next at $26 a day. $304 for the month. according to collier's international, the third highest city is san francisco. $26 a day and $375 a month. i will give you two guesses as to what is number one. you will probably only need one. i'll have that after the quick break. bladder, our pipes just don't work as well as they should. sometimes, i worry my pipes might leak. but i learned there's something more i can do. now, i take care with vesicare. once-daily vesicare can help control your bladder muscle and is proven to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks day and night. if you have certain stomach or glaucoma problems, or trouble emptying your bladder, do not take vesicare.
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17 minutes past the hour on this cnn saturday morning. before the break, i was telling you the most expensive cities to park your vehicle. seattle, philadelphia, san francisco. you see the prices it costs you per day or per month. let me tell you the ones that will cost you. this was put together by collier's international. in boston, it costs about $34 a day or $438 a month. as you would expect, midtown manhattan costs you about $41 a day or $541 a month to park your vehicle. that is why everybody walks or takes the train or something. nobody has a car. that is an extra car payment right there. london. if you work or live there, a parking spot will cost you on
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average $1,000 a month. maybe we shouldn't complain so much. let's turn to business news now. the government's new consumer protection agency opens next week. poppi harlow talks about that. >> the number of homes headed into foreclosure plunged into the first six months of the year. realty trac says the filings dropped 30% from last year. the decline is because many banks are delaying foreclosures pushing them into next year or the year after. there are 1 million homes in the situation and the housing market likely won't recover until the glut of foreclosures are brought to a manageable level. >> a growing number of retailers are offering shoppers the option of getting an electronic receipt
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sent to their e-mail account. more environmental friendly for you. not all shoppers agree. some see it as a ploy to invade their privacy or spam their inboxes. poppy. >> thanks. a watch dog agency opens its doors this week. the consumer financial protection agency will protect books in response to consumer complaints. the new sheriff in washington is without a sheriff. the white house has yet to appoint the cfpv's director. elizabeth warren has been a front runner, but the white house has yet to make an appointment. t.j. >> thank you, poppy and alison and felicia. this may be your outrageous story of the day. an apple ipad 2 for $69.
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you heard me right. $69 for the ipad. that would be a great deal if it was true. it was a big mistake, however, on sears web site last night. the ipad, many of you know, starts at $699 for the ipad 2. not $69. a lot of people saw this deal at $69 and they jumped on it. took advantage. wish somebody would have called me. sears is not saying how many jumped on the deal before they noticed the mistake. it was 20 minutes to a half hour. all sears is saying is a third party messed up when they posted the price online. sears is not honoring the price. it is giving people their $69 back and no ipad in the mail. subscribers to netflix have
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a decision to make. accept the new pricing plan that means a 60% jump in costs for streaming video and dvds or you can go somewhere else. if the netflix facebook page is any indication of customer reaction. thousands of current users are looking for an alternative before the price change goes into effect later this summer. casey anthony spending her last weekend in the florida jail, but after nearly three years behind bars, they will tell you about concerns for her safety once she resumes life on the outside. news corp, the owner, rupert murdoch came a long way to get to where he is today. we will look at the story of the man. ight ce from a tou, a glance- it can come along anywhere, anytime. and when it does, men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident in their ability to be ready with cialis for daily use. cialis for daily use is a clinically proven
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we are 25 minutes past the hour on the cnn saturday morning. rupert murdoch's company is in turmoil after the news of the world shutdown. the head of the dow jones resigned and an apology letter
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from rupert murdoch. he says, the news of the world was in the business of holding others to account. we are sorry for the serious wrongdoing that occurred. we are deeply sorry for the hurt we imposed on others. i realize that simply apologizing is not enough. still, we will get more details about the scandal in the coming days and weeks. nadya is here with me. rupert murdoch has built an empire. he truly has an empire. >> and on many continents. this must be one of the hardest times in his 80 years. it all began in adelaide, australia. he was studying at oxford and came back to takeover his father's newspaper. mr. murdoch had great visions. he was always very driven.
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yesterday, i spoke to william shorecross. he said this is a man who from a little boy loved to build things. his mother is 102 and still alive living in australia. he says that murdoch was the combination of the two grandfathers. one was a modest priest from scotland and the one he takes after more is the debonair womanizer. he could read a balance sheet at a glance and always wanted to own things. he went from australia then we know to england and the sunday times and all of the publications in england. he owned 37% of all newspapers in england. that gives him huge political power. in america, he started fox news and the wall street journal. he has had enormous success. what is going on now is very difficult for him.
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one of the things in his life right now is not being able to acquire b. sky. this is something he wanted to own. if he doesn't own it is because he didn't want it. right now facing the enormous crisis, as you know, he will be appearing in parliament with his son james on tuesday. this story is changing day by day. you mentioned rebekah brooks. the story changes all the time. he also had another failure in china. he wanted to takeover the media in china. the story goes he lost a fortune in china, but found a wife. he is married to somebody who is 42 years younger. he divorced his second wife ann who he was married to for 38 years. married wendy after 17 days. >> when you know, you know. >> he has two small children.
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rupert murdoch is 80. he has an 8 and 10-year-old child. he is facing the toughest period in his life. >> he took over a newspaper initially, but this was a businessman who was business minded versus a journalist. he saw newspapers and journalism as a business and a way to make money. >> he has a passion for newspapers. with the criticism that has been dealt him. many people who think of him as a controversy. speaking to william shorecross is saying this is a balance to the scandal. this is just the tip of the iceberg. we will see lots of heads roll and more scandal. t.j. >> nadia, thank you.
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we are about at the bottom of the hour now. we have a plan to carve out a 51st state out of southern california. >> i'm talking about a secession plan from the state of california. sometimes you have to do outrageous things. >> the idea is actually being taken seriously by some people. we are looking at the plan to give us our 51st state. that is next on this cnn saturday morning.
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personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. well, we are at the bottom of the hour. welcome back. i'm t.j. holmes. thanks for spending part of your weekend with us. part of the weekend we will see casey anthony walk out of jail a free woman. i say we are going to see it. we likely won't see it. she was at the center of one of the most watched and talked about trials in the country. the florida jury found her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. our david mattingly is in
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orlando with us this morning. good morning. i said we will see something this weekend. actually, we are not going to see it. it doesn't seem like there is a chance we will actually see her walk out of the jail. >> reporter: well, the big questions of where, when and how have not been answered. it is possible we won't know those answers until after the fact. we know that there has been arrangements made for three journalists to essentially embed at the jail. a video photographer and still photographer and reporter from the associated press. all three will be embedded in the jail to observe casey anthony's departure from the facility. it is a sprawling facility that you see behind me. there are probably a half dozen ways she could depart from the property. we do know that those three journalists will be able to observe her departing and after
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the fact, some time after she has left the property and officials determined she is safely away, that is when the three can come out and show everybody what they saw. it may be after the fact that she has departed from here that we actually know how she was able to leave this facility. >> david, we are told that tomorrow is the day that she could actually or she will be released. is there any chance that they could be toying with the media here a bit? is there any chance that they could let her go some time late tonight or will they for sure not let her go until after midnight tonight, technically tomorrow. >> reporter: we do know that those embedded journalists will be brought into the jail possibly some time today. possibly some time early tomorrow, if that is any kind of indication at all. at this point, everything has gone by the book. her sentence dictates she not be
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released from custody, presumably from this jail here, not be released until tomorrow. that could happen at one minute after midnight. that could happen at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow. we don't know. it could be after the fact after she has already left that we know for sure how she was released and how she was able to leave the property. authorities here have been very clear that they feel responsible for her safety only up until the point where she departs from the parking lot. after that, she will receive the same sort of attention from police that any other citizen might. at this point, they want to make sure that she at least departs custody and departs the property of the facility behind me safely and then gets on with her life. whatever that may be. >> all right, david mattingly, we have more questions for you. we will check in with you again this morning. we will see you again soon.
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david, thank you. 36 minutes past the hour. media mogul rupert murdoch is apologizing to the public in england. he personally apologized to the family of the murder victim milly dower. also, since the scandal broke out, two key news corp executives have resigned. well, this was in jordan yesterday. riot police attacked demonstrators on the streets of ahman. some cases kicking and punching and beating them with sticks. officers only used appropriate force, we are told. the government spokesperson said the police were trying to calm the situation between two demonstration groups. and in libya, a massive
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turnout in support of long time ruler moammar gadhafi. this as u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton announced that the united states now recognizes libya's main opposition group as the legitimate governing authority in libya. in an audio message, gadhafi belittled the u.s. decision. take a look. it might not look like it in this picture, but that, folks, is one of the busyiiest highway in the country. this is carmageddon. this is highway 405 in the los angeles area. it is shutdown this weekend for a construction project. that project will cause fits for people trying to find their way around or another route. it is going to be a mess. this is set to reopen early monday morning. all right. updating you now.
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a couple of weeks ago on cnn saturday morning, a plan to cut out a chunk of southern california and make it the country's 51st state. we have more on the plan and the problems. >> you really have to try hard. you have to be an idiot to screw up the state of california. >> we have hit a nerve with citizens that are fed up with business as usual in the state. >> you want us to secede the state of california. i hope you don't want to be governor. >> reporter: it is this outrage in riverside, california that is fuelling the most political ideas to recently surface in the golden state. >> i'm talking about a secession plan. >> reporter: that is right. a 51st state. called the state of southern california. county supervisors say the secession may be the only way to get riverside county and 12 other largely political conservative counties back on
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track. >> they are balancing the budgets on the backs of local coffers. >> reporter: stone says the state has turned their backs on the tough economy. >> the bottom line is jobs. we are sending jobs out of the state of california by the train load. we have some areas of the county that have 25% unemployment. the average in riverside county is about 15%. foreclosures, we are the foreclosure capital of the world. >> reporter: stone says he will rally the troops to part ways. >> insanity. this is major surgery where we need a band aid. >> reporter: political science professor says secession will not fix a thing and cost a fortune to take to the voters. >> it takes millions of dollars to get the signatures necessary to put up an initiative. more millions to sell it. where is that money coming from?
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he hasn't addressed the cost. the establishment of a new government. where will we put the capital? disneyland? >> reporter: when you came up with the idea of secession, you had to have known it was a radical one. >> right. listen, i knew i would be criticized. i have learned in my tenure of being a public official of 19 years, sometimes you have to do outrageous things to get people's attention. i'm not discounting the fact. >> reporter: judging by the pile of e-mails, jeff stone showed me, he may have hit a nerve with disenchanted californians. what is next for the state of california? riverside county will invite leaders throughout the state to come up with solutions. stone says if that doesn't work, he will take the issue to the voters who have heard it before.
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different regions have tried to secede from the state 27 times since the 1800s. t.j. we have something coming up. i get to interview real life superheroes. there they are. i don't know their identities. they don't want you to know their identities. but we will explain what they are doing that is quite frankly superhero-like even if they don't have the super powers. stick around for that one. also, atlantis' astronauts are snapping photos for the photo album for nasa. we have good stuff for you on this cnn saturday morning. but i. they said i couldn't fight above my weight class. but i did. they said i couldn't get elected to congress. but i did.
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♪ good morning, atlantis. this is beyonce. sandy, chris, doug and rex, you inspire all of us to dare to live our dreams. >> jay-zwasn't the only one to get a wake-up call this morning. the astronauts got the call at 11:30 last night. i had this time right? in the nighttime for them. nasa e-mailed saying crews fixed a broken latch. they often times get the wake-up call s. not just the song, but a message. >> that has to be cool. with all due president to mrs.
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wolf, when beyonce wakes you up, it is a life-altering event. you have to admit that is cool. >> i'm sure she is honored to do this for the crew. i needed to bring reynolds in for the next couple of stories. we the shuttle pictures. look at the green strip there that seems to be hovering over the earth's atmosphere. what is this? >> those are the southern lights. the opposite of the northern lights. basically the same thing. you have solar flares that go out. it gives you the greenish hue. you don't have beyonce wake you up every day. you don't get the southern lights every day. >> this is the story now, reynolds, i needed your help on. neptune. we have known about that for some time. >> since 1846. >> why is it that neptune is
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just having its first birthday? >> we are thinking of it in one year. one year is that the earth orbits the sun. for neptune to have one orbit translate to earth years takes 146 years. if you are on neptune, christmas is a long wait. you have a long way to go. days last 16 hours. you see the information. seasons last 40 years. you think this summer has been long? try summer on neptune. it is a big planet. it is the fourth largest planet in the solar system. the mass is 17 times greater than that of the earth. so you know. >> before reynolds sat down before the commercial break, he said i can ask him anything about the solar system. >> i am a blob of useless information. you shake it up and something interesting comes up. >> we appreciate you. we will see reynolds through the
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morning. it will be a hot one. he will have that throughout the morning. a day of action for president obama. he is looking ahead for the 2012 election. we will have that next.
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ten minutes to the top of the hour. the republican hopefuls are spread out. we explain the biggest turn out may be for the president. >> reporter: good morning. president barack obama's re-election campaign is taking
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to the streets. they are launching a major day of action across the country to help register new voters to get obama supporters. the re-election team announces fund raising figures. the campaign brought in $86 million in the last three months. >> it is so great to be here in iowa. >> reporter: michele bachmann campaigns in iowa. she is doing well in the state that holds the first contest. she is trying to build up support before the straw poll next month. she is not the only candidate on the trail this weekend. mitt romney is in new hampshire. he is spending a lot of time and effort in the state that holds the first primary. he is far ahead of the republican rivals in the dash for campaign cash.
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until voters vote in the primaries and caucuses, public opinion polls is a best indicator of how the candidate is doing. t.j. this is one we are all excited to show you. i want you to stick around for this one. we have superheroes right here live for you. there they are. commonwealth, vigil and armistice. these three are fighting something else. it is a story you want to hear. i'm talking to them live here next. stay with me. itpowe work faster and smarterhelu so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go, fire off e-mails with the qwerty keypad, and work securely around the world so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it's the android-powered phone that mixes business with pleasure. so let's get our work done, america, so we can all get back to playing "angry birds."
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♪ good morning. good morning, everybody. nice shot there from wpvi this morning. i want to take you to something else as we look to the song, "help somebody." we are talking about superheroes this morning who are cleaning up the streets of pennsylvania. they are doing this literally. take a look here at the keystone crusad crusaders. they are dressed up. these are not vigilantes fighting crime. they are doing something that is super special. these crusaders are here with
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me. commonwealth on the left. vigil in the back. she is not mic 'd up. then armistice on the right. commonwealth, a lot of people are looking at the screen and thinking what in the world are they doing? first of all, tell me the whole idea. what is the point of the crusad crusaders? >> well, the point of the keystone crusaders is pretty much to inspire goodness out of others by going around and doing good things like picking up garbage and giving food and water to homeless. helping anybody out in any way they need it. >> armistice, you talk about picking up garbage and handing out food and water. this includes dropping money into a parking meter that has expired? >> yes, of course.
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commonwealth carries around a roll of quarters. if we can save a $15 ticket with a quarter, that could be rent or food money that week. >> you all could have done this by walking around the streets and doing it in plain clothes. what is with the superhero get up? why go that route? >> well, you know, the superhero idea really comes about when a person sees a superhero, they see more than a person. they see an idea. something that may inspire them to do something good themselves. not necessarily in a superhero costume, but to be good people. children see spiderman and they know that is initially good. the idea of being a superhero is we can inspire goodness in others. >> now, armistice, you all take this quite seriously, at least the part of keeping your
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identity hidden. there is no way i can get you to lift up that mask this morning? >> no way. it is not that we feel any real need to, it is more on principle. if you see someone you don't know doing this, it could be anyone. if it could be anyone, there is no reason it couldn't be you. >> what is the idea here? it sounds like you are trying to inspire children with some of the outfits. like armistice just said. it could be anybody. that could be you. how far do you want their faces.
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their attitudes have changed. >> armistice, it is important to know when do you do this? >> we do it whenever we find free time that we can put together. the commonwealth is a retail manager. i work in retail. we have to coordinate schedules. >> are you recruiting? >> anyone who wants to help out. vigil has been out twice now. she is the latest person to join. more people are getting ready. anyone who wants to join us, why not? you don't have to wear a costume to be a good person. >> and the last thing here to you, commonwealth, you went through struggles of your own.
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you are helping the homeless and doing what you can. you had struggles of your own. you wished a superhero would come along and help you out? >> people in my life that just gave very generously without asking anything in return. they did not wear costumes, but they were genuinely good people. they are part of the inspiration for this. their amount of generosity for no reason at all. they gained no benefit from helping me. you know, through their help, i was able to get out of what i was in and find myself a superhero. i'm going out and paying it forward. >> guys, thank you so much for being here. this story got our attention. we see the outfits and people jump to the conclusion and people hear the story and it is a cool thing you are doing. maybe it will inspire some folks whether they are in superhero costumes or not. keep doing what you are doing.
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nowgood morningeverybody. on the right side of the screen, you are seeing a live picture of one of the busiest highways in the country. also seeing the construction going on on the left side of the screen that will shut that highway down. they are calling this carmageddon. we will give you the details of the 405 shutdown. do you know how the debt ceiling affects your bottom dollar? we will get into specifics and break it down for you. rupert murdoch is reacting to the scandal in the u.k.
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this shows murdoch going into a meeting with the family of the murdered teenager. it was the teenager's hacked voice mails that sparked the outrage. look. >> shame on you! shame on you! >> mr. murdoch, will you tell us what you said to the family? >> if you will just keep silent for a minute. it was a private meeting. >> keep your head down, mate. can you tell us? >> no. i'm the founder of the company. i was appalled. >> are you pleased? >> it turns out rupert murdoch had more to say. let's get to the fallout before
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he had something to say. rebekah brooks has resigned as head of news international. that is murdoch's company. also resigning is les hinton. he was the chief of news international when the hacking first took place. back to murdoch. he is sorry. he is taking to the newspapers to make it clear. our jim bolden has more on what is in the newspapers. jim, hello to you. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. the british public woke up to headlines. a number of newspapers. people woke up to "we are sorry." i realize that apologizing is not enough. we regret not acting faster to sort things out. a few days ago, murdoch said he
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thought they only made modern mistakes and they acted quickly. it is in the financial times. one of the more staples in the u.k. he is trying to get the word out all over that they are sorry this scandal has taken place. >> jim, we appreciate you letting us get insight into that. we turn to the u.s. and the debt ceiling talks. there are no new talks scheduled this weekend. the u.s. hit the debt limit in may. the issue is the deadline of august 2nd. that is "d" day. the stumbling block is taxes. republicans say spending cuts are the way to go. democrats want to do away with tax breaks for wealthy people. here is president obama from the address this morning.
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>> that is why i'm willing to compromise. i'm willing to do what it takes to solve the problem even if it is not possible. i expect people in congress to show that compromise. you cannot solve our deficit without cutting spending. you cannot solve it without asking the wealthy americans to pay their fair share. it is simple. i don't think oil companies should continue to get tax breaks when they are making tens of billions in profits. >> here is the republican response. orrin hatch says, "we have been down this road before." we will not go down it before. they struck a deal in 1990 of spending cuts and tax increases. the tax hikes remained, but the spending restraint did not. our debt marched higher.
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california is expected to have the big traffic nightmare. it has started. they are calling this carmageddon. crews have shutdown the los angeles highway in both directions this weekend to work on a bridge. not just any highway we are talking about here. we are talking about the 405. it is one of the busiest in the country. 500,000 cars pass through that area on an average weekend. that is the live picture right now. all of those drivers have to find a different way around this weekend. officials are telling people to just stay home. the construction company hopes to have the work done before monday's 6:00 a.m. deadline. they have a financial incentive to do it because they could be fined some $72,000 an hour if they don't finish on time. these are your options. quit or be fired. that is the warning from the
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atlanta school superintendent to the teachers implicated in the cheating scandal. they were sent a letter saying they either resign or they will be fired. nasa, we have been talking about them lately. a lot of atlantis, but something else going on. nasa's dawn spacecraft has reached its destination. that destination is vesta. a massive rock. the first time it has been able to orbit that rock. it is called a minor planet. it is not an asteroid. it is about 330 miles across. it took almost four years to reach vesta. reynolds wolf is standing by here for me. it summeis summer and it is hot.
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you have the combination of the heat and humidity. take a look at this. a high of 93 today. it is not the only place in the upper midwest where we will have the extreme heat. it will feel like 110 to 120. look at the air temperature alone staying in the mid to upper 90s all the way through wednesday. no relief expected in those spots. the hazy and humid and hot conditions will continue for a while. not just for there. farther south into kansas city and oklahoma city. it will feel beyond the century point. as we wrap up sunday into monday, we expect the heat wave to continue. thankfully this morning, cooler air and conditions in the upper plains with the chance of severe storms coming up. t.j. reynolds, thank you. we will see you shortly. 13 minutes past the hour. you hear all of the talk about the debt ceiling. we will break this down a lot
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[ male announcer ] find your program at phoenix.edu. 15 minutes past the hour now. there are no talks scheduled today or tomorrow for the debt talks after five days of republicans and democrats to the white house. the president has hit a wall and he has had it.
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he is coming back to regroup next week. no talks scheduled for this weekend. if they do not raise the debt ceiling by august 2nd, the government will run out of money to pay all of its bills. why is this causing such tensions between democrats and republicans? here is tom forman. >> reporter: what we are seeing is a philosophical fight. this is the debt. since the 1900s, we have been spending more money than we have been taking it. we just basically extend the debt ceiling to handle more debt. once again, it is up here. it is just about to go past that debt ceiling. we have to decide if we will make the debt ceiling higher. make this bucket bigger to handle more. both sides have different opinions of how we do that. if we raise the debt ceiling, the republicans say first you have to address this big faucet
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of spending up here. you must reduce your spending so even if this is made bigger, it fills up less quickly. democrats are not so keen on this. they say these are critical programs to people in the country. maybe we can make it a little smaller, but they would like to keep a lot of it in place the way it is. you certainly have to see this to make it work. taxes. if you can put taxes into the equation, some of what is flowing into the debt can be taken care of ahead of time. you are paying for it instead of just adding it all up over here. this is the crux of the problem. each side is pretty well cemented in their position and having a hard time budging. the republicans are saying you have to make this smaller. that is how you keep the debt down. the democrats say siphon it off with the taxes. the meeting in the middle. they cannot figure out how to do that. if they don't do something about
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it, this will overflow and we will have a whole new set of problems. >> you hear debt ceiling and the government not paying its bills, but that could lead to a problem for you paying your bills. our financial analyst clyde anderson is gliding in as we speak. he is with me after the break. h n of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say.
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past weeks. the debt ceiling needs to be raised. think about your credit card in your womallet. you have a maximum amount of money you can charge on the credit card. you reach the max. you ask for a credit limit increase. if the bank doesn't increase that limit, you cannot pay the bills you planned on putting on your credit card. that is exactly what we are talking about with the debt ceiling, except, the government's debt limit is $14.3 trillion. yes, they need an increase in that limit. let's bring in clyde anderson. we hear about the debt ceiling and the government cannot pay its bills. that could lead to people not paying their bills. which groups are we talking about here? which one could be adversely affected? >> several people. people who several social security income. think about the checks or people that receive checks may not get them in august. that has a trickle down effect. they will not be able to pay their bills.
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think about the economy. we are talking about going into another recession. if they cannot pay their bills, it will affect their credit and their bills and more fees. it will hurt. >> the president said i don't know if those checks will be able to go out. another group we are talking about. government workers and unemployed. >> first, the government workers. we are talking about a 40% cut. this means a lot more furloughs and keep in mind we have employees that are furloughed. you are talking about the military workers or it could affect any federal government worker. we will see cuts in rail systems, parks closing. we have been here before and seen this potentially happening. now we are really looking at it and facing that this could be real. >> you mentioned the unemployed as well. what happens? a lot of people are depending on that. >> a lot of people remember the federal government is responsible for about another 26 weeks of unemployed for those that ran out from the state. those could lose that.
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what they get is a direct impact to the economy. they are paying for things. they are paying for things they need. they are feeding it into the economy. this is money we will not have. >> that is the best point there. you are talking about a lot of people. millions of people who don't have money not just to pay their bills, but the unemployed use the money immediately. >> immediately. we are depending on that money as well. we will not see that if the checks are cut. not to mention the repercussions they will feel from not having the checks. >> a lot of people are concerned about interest rates and they have to pay more or charged more for loans. is that really a concern? >> it is something to look out for. depending on what happens, that could spike. it could are mortgage rates or auto rates. anything that you will buy or pay interest on, it could increase it. we are talking about the dollars which are crucial to americans.
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if we see any increase, it could effect the bottom line. >> they will not let the debt ceiling -- it will not happen. >> the best quote i heard is we will see how big our government actually is. >> they are crazy. clyde, good to see you. >> good to see you. we are 23 minutes past the hour now. did you know that two-third of all adults are overweight? that is from a recent study from the robert wood johnson foundation. some states are skinnier than others, if you will. we have skinny states? we mean the lowest obesity rates. hawaii is five on the list. four is massachusetts. number three on the list is connecticut. number two on the list is our capital. washington d.c. would you believe the folks in colorado have the lowest obesity rate in the country.
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under 20%. which had the highest obesity rates? that list after the break. [ male announcer ] introducing the ultimate business phone --
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held the title for the past seven years. now researchers say parents are to blame for letting children gain too much weight. in cases, severely obese children should be removed from their homes. here is elizabeth cohen. >> i know it sounds shocking, but here is the researchers thought. it is unhealthy for a child to be obese. if they don't get the weight down, maybe take them out of the household and maybe foster parents will be able to do a better job. here is what they say. state intervention may serve the best interests of children with life threatening obesity because of the health risks and the parents chronic failure to address the problems. this caused a stir on the internet and elsewhere. the concept of taki